Ruto removes budget for first lady’s office, cuts government spending after Kenya riots

Ruto removes budget for first lady’s office, cuts government spending after Kenya riots

The president explained that the bill provided interventions
that would have created more jobs and protect Kenyan industries.

 

The presidency said the bill was meant to plug Kenya’s
ballooning budget deficit and reduce reliance on borrowing.

 

Kenya’s public debt currently stands at 68 percent of GDP,
significantly higher than the 55 percent recommended by the World Bank and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF).

 

AUSTERITY MEASURES

 

Ruto said his administration has settled on slashing various
governance costs after wide consultations.

 

The president announced the resolutions in a separate speech
at the State House in Nairobi.

 

Part of the cuts include the removal of budgets in the
offices of the first and second lady.

 

 “The budgetary
provisions for confidential budgets in various executive offices, including my
office, shall be removed, and the budget for renovations across the government
reduced by 50 percent,” he added.

 

Ruto also dissolved 47 state corporations with overlapping
functions “resulting in the elimination of their operational and maintenance
costs”.

 

“Their functions will be integrated into the respective line
ministries,” he said.

 

“Staff currently employed by the affected corporations will
be transferred to ministries and other state agencies.”

 

Other measures include the suspension of the hiring of chief
administrative secretaries and a reduction of advisers in government by at
least 50 percent and with immediate effect.

 

Civil servants who attain the age of 60 will be required to
retire immediately and no extensions will be allowed, the president said.

 

Ruto also directed the suspension of the purchase of new
cars in government for a year — except for security agencies — alongside the
suspension of non-essential travel by state officers.

 

A new policy on transport for public officers will be
developed, he said.

 

Ruto mandated the attorney-general to prepare and submit
legislation to this effect and develop a mechanism for structured and
transparent contributions for public, charitable, and philanthropic purposes.

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